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How Garden Design Software Can Help You Plan Your New Garden

Aug 21, 2007
"Men can acquire knowledge, but not wisdom. Some of the greatest fools ever known were learned men."
-Spanish Proverb Sayings of Spanish Origin

There are a lot of great garden design software packages on the market today. They can help you design and visualize your garden. To add to this, you can also create such things as your house, deck, patio, fence and ground cover. Most of the garden design software is actually quite easy to use and you will not need to have any architectural or landscaping experience in order to use it.

This article on the topic "garden design software," is designed to be a brief review. If your are still hungry for more knowledge on the topic, see our handy search ideas at the end of the article.

Here's what Wikipedia has to say about the topic:
"Computer-aided garden design describes the use of CAD packages to ease and improve the process of garden design. Professional garden designers tend to use CAD packages designed for other professions. This includes architectural design software for the drafting of garden plans, 3-D software and image-editing software for visual representation. But tailor-made computer-aided design software is made for the amateur garden design market. It contains some of the functionality of the more advanced programs, packaged in an easy-to-use format."

Use the Helpful Wizard

While all of this may sound as though it is difficult to do, most garden design software comes with a wizard that can help you get started. The wizard will help you to quickly add houses, decks, ponds and everything else that you will need in order to complete your garden.

Usually there is also a large selection of plants and tress available in this wizard for you to choose from. These are in the form of highly detailed 3D models instead of as a regular picture. This makes them look very lifelike, even if you view them close-up. You can mix and match different foliage and experiment with various placements before coming to a final decision - all with just a click of your mouse.

Advantages of 3D Graphics

Most of this software is available with 3D graphics so that you can walk around your property in photo realistic 3D. This will allow you to experience your garden design even before you actually create them. Some software will even allow you to see what the different types of lighting will do to your garden; it is like you are really there.

Once you are sure that you have something that you would like, you can show your friends and family what your ideas are. This will also come in handy if you are hiring anyone to do this work for you because you can show them exactly what you want with accurate dimensions, scale and placement that are relative to your house and landscaping.

Regardless of what type of garden design software program you choose to use, it should offer free technical support and a 30 day money back guarantee. The really good garden design software programs will have a complete user's guide integrated in the program but it is still very useful to be able to email or call technical support toll free.

If you found this article helpful, but are looking for more, here are some handy search tips:
1) The Library - don't forget books, they are packed full of information
2) Catalogs - There are thousands of catalogs on every topic imaginable
3) Local stores - depending on the store, educated employees can be a great resource
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